This is probably the most important decision of your pregnancy. You need to be comfortable with your provider, her style, her experience, credentials, etc.Babycenter has a great article on the right questions to ask and how to go about your search. Carolinas Healthcare and Presbyterian Healthcare both have links to all of their providers for reference too. But I think your greatest tool is word-of-mouth and testimonials from friends and family who have first-hand experience with your doctors. Enter the wonderful loyal moms of Charlotte Smarty Pants!
So I’m going to give you my experience with my super-cool, amazing OB/GYN who I’d love to be B/F/F with! And you post your provider in the comments section below so everyone in all areas of Charlotte can get great referrals.
My OB/GYN (now I’m proud to boast her as my GYN since I’m so done giving birth, thank you very much, now that I have four beautiful children:-), is Dr. Alyse Kelly-Jones withMintview Women’s Care. Actually, Dr. K-J is Jen B.’s doctor too – pretty sure I referred her! One of my girlfriends who happens to be a crazy UT Vols fan (love her despite this flaw:-) reluctantly told me about Dr. K-J because she is a proud UF Gator, as am I. We hit it off immediately and now 6 1/2 years later, she has delivered three of my four children. What I love about Dr. K-J is her laid-back demeanor and her commitment to her field of expertise. She is extremely passionate about all aspects of women’s care and it shows. Not only does she deliver a zillion babies, but she also coordinated the first Charlotte women’s triathlon, The Ramblin’ Rose 100, just to motivate women to get healthy. I’m actually kind of offended that I wasn’t one of the 129 women invited to participate in the inaugural race – maybe she was afraid I would beat her – ha, ha! Anyway, Dr. K-J worked with me with both pregnancies to try to strategically deliver my babies. For some reason, I was obsessed with having my primary doctor deliver for me. My first delivery with her was with my 4-year-old and after an appointment and a handy “stripping of my membranes”, my water broke at PF Chang’s in the middle of dinner! I called Dr. K-J at 10pm and she walked me through what I needed to do. You would think since that was my 2nd delivery, I would have been an old hat. But that water breaking really threw me off! I didn’t get take-out from PF Chang’s for months afterwards! Then with the twins, I was induced and what a beautiful delivery that was. I ended up delivering at 5:15pm and it just so happened that Dr. K-J was off duty at 5pm. So she actually hung around with us in our hospital room for 30 minutes after the twins were born (see attached photo). It was so cool and I was just so impressed that she spent this time with us after a long on-call day. Not to mention, my husband and I were both terrified for her to leave because we had no clue what we were going to do with these brand-new twins! You’ll be happy to hear that we figured it out pretty quickly!
OK, your turn! We’d love your feedback on your favorite OB/GYN or midwife!